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Dieter Rams' Top 10

Dieter Rams’ Top 10

Dieter Rams is a man, not a myth, but indeed a legend.  The German industrial designer has had a storied career at consumer products company, Braun, serving as its head of design from 1961 to 1995.  He made Braun a household name in the 50’s, producing coffee makers, calculators, radios, audio/visual equipment, consumer appliances and...
Foggy Bottom Food

Foggy Bottom Food

Last week I was out in the District (of Columbia) helping my brother Asa conceptualize a design for his recently acquired row home in the oh-so-cozy Mount Pleasant neighborhood.  It looks to be a pretty rockin’ project, with LEED Platinum Certification locked in as its target.  He is hoping to set up a blog in...
Thrivability > Sustainability

Thrivability > Sustainability

Life in the green lane moves pretty fast. Right when we think we have something figured out, another product, technology or concept steps up to replace what we had thought was current. A great example of this is the compact fluorescent light bulb. Merely a few years ago, CFLs were promoted as the saviors to...
Remington Ammunition

Remington Ammunition

Throwin’ another gorgeous urban infill project at all you beautiful peops out there.  Let’s talk Remington Court in Seattle for a moment, a 4,300 sq ft development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood brought to us by HyBrid Architecture + Assembly.  The project features a trio of 1,500 sq ft townhouses and an attached 1,000 sq...
Dual Flush This!

Dual Flush This!

It’s all about the H2O my friends… we think water is an unlimited resource since the planet is covered in two-thirds of the stuff.  Truth of the matter is less than one half of a single percent (.4%) is accessible for human use… The United Nations claims that 1/6th of the world’s population is already...
GenGreen 4 Life

GenGreen 4 Life

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to say that going green is not convenient… tools are being rapidly developed to help us connect to all the rockin’ eco-products and services out there… very exciting times!  A couple weeks back GenGreen, a leading green directory, and 3rdWhale Media, a provider of mobile solutions for the sustainably savvy, joined...
Vakre Hotellet i Juvet

Vakre Hotellet i Juvet

Here’s a little eye candy for y’all on this Wednesday afternoon…. Check out the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway.  It is one of the most striking developments I have ever laid eyes upon.  Designed by Jensen and Skodvin Arkitektkontor, the hotel features 10 detached buildings with unobstructed views of the gorgeous rugged Norwegian scenery,...
Nature Nurtured

Nature Nurtured

So I spent last week out in Seattle doing a little bit of biz but mostly playing… I lived out there for a while and felt it appropriate to check in to see if the city is still functioning without me : )  It looks like it’s doing just fine, and Seattleites were in particularly...
Mob That Carrot!

Mob That Carrot!

The vast majority of environmental initiatives usually involve things like regulations, lawsuits and boycotts… Yuck!  These tactics have proven to be effective in their own way, but generally they don’t engage and empower people to strive for positive action.  Carrotmob is a refreshing new concept that is out to change this… They’ve set up a...
Custom Wheels by Republic

Custom Wheels by Republic

Many peops across the land are discovering the benefits and joys of bicycling, particularly in urban areas where congestion and parking are just not that much fun to deal with.  A problem a lot of my hipster friends are finding is that bikes can be expensive and kinda boring looking.  To remedy both of these...
VW L1 is Gr8

VW L1 is Gr8

When I was wee lad, I went through a phase where I wanted nothing more than to become a car designer.  I wasn’t looking to toy around with the mediocre crap that was already on the road… I wanted the glory, the creative jackpot of designing really innovative, futuristic concepts.  I would spend hours a...
More NZE, Plz!

More NZE, Plz!

Microprocessors double their speed every 18 months.  People now carry powerful computers in the palms of their hands, connecting to virtually anyone on the planet through the Internet.  Technologies are advancing rapidly, yet we still build the vast majority of our homes using 19th century methods (stick-built, balloon frame)… Why has residential construction been somewhat...
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